Community needs assessment (public health)

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Community organic gardens have also been documented in order to give people of the community a sense of achievement and boost self-confidence. The precise purpose of a community organic garden varies depending on the entity that developed it. For instance, the Park Heights Community Garden severs to improve dietary habits in the Park Heights neighborhood of Baltimore while the Community Organic Vegetable Garden at Morgan State University minimizes obesity as a part of their goals and objectives. In addition, people do participate in community gardening for different reasons. For instance, to some people, community gardening is a social interaction while to others it is the chance to learn a new skill (Paling, Miszkiewicz, Abbas Zambon, 2008). Community organic gardening challenges Community organic gardening is associated with various challenges ranging from planning phase to implementation and execution. The concerns and issues of community gardening heavily depend on the participants, their initiatives and their goals of the gardening. For instance, community gardening on campuses of college creates a complex situation. The season of community gardening conflicts the academic school years. … To other people, it is not very appealing to devote time towards something that does not improve immediately their educational experience (Tropman, 1995). Goals and objectives of community organic gardening Community organic gardening outlines the following objectives: To provide nourishing fruits, vegetables, and herbs to MSU surrounding community To bring forth homogeneity and cohesiveness within the MSU and the Stonewood-Penston Community To demonstrate student and community self-sufficiency To expand gardening efforts to a cooperative food initiative To improve sustainability In addition, the Adopt-a-Bed Cooperative will assist in increasing homogeneity and cohesiveness through bringing together communities members who would not ordinarily be exposed to one another. The main Strategy to increase the community engagement would be through the following: Expanding the community organic garden Increase and maintain the participation of the students and members of the community Provide organic nourishing vegetable, fruits and herbs to the Morgan campus and surrounding community Identify formal and informal leaders in the community to direct us towards different organizations in the community Demonstrate students and community self –sufficiency Increase the number of beds from 5 last year to 10 this year Organize farmer market in the community Create opportunities to recruit more students and more people in the community Target and recruit at least 5 organizations in the community (Tropman, 1995). Use of community organic gardens The efforts of community engagements involve some kind of incentivizing. This means that community gardening participates in its own incentive. The space of the garden may be used as a venue for various events that appeal